Françoise NICOLAS

Senior Advisor, Center for Asian Studies

Research Interests:

  • Emerging economies, with a focus on East Asia
  • East Asian regional economic integration
  • Foreign direct investment and growth
  • Globalization and its impacts on global governance


Françoise Nicolas joined Ifri as a Resarch Fellow in1990 and was later the Director of the Center for Asian Studies until February 2024. She is now Senior Advisor to the Center for Asian Studies while she also teaches at Langues' O, Sciences Po Paris (Europe-Asia programme, Le Havre campus) and Sciences Po (Lyon) and is a consultant to the Directorate for Financial, Fiscal and Enterprise Affairs of the OECD (DAF) focusing on Southeast Asian non-member countries. In the past she was an assistant Professor in international economics at the University of Paris-Est (Marne-la-Vallée) from 1993 to 2016, and taught at the Graduate Institute of International Studies (GIIS, Geneva – 1987-90), at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (1991-95), as well as at the HEC School of Management (2000-02).

Françoise Nicolas holds a Ph.D in international economics (1991) and a MA in political science (1985) from the Graduate Institute of International Studies (Geneva, Switzerland), as well as a diploma in translation from the University of Geneva (1980). She has also studied at the University of Sussex (1980-81) and has spent some time as a visiting fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) in Singapore (1999) and at the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP) in Seoul (2004).

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Until recently, the only formal body of regional integration in East Asia was the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) which had been established in 1967, primarily for political reasons and with modest economic ambitions. As a result, East Asia has long been said to be the champion...


Although it is often said that globalization enriches the rich and impoverishes the poor and therefore causes inequality, the reality seems to be much more complex. Firstly the aggravation of inequality in the world has not been proven; it all depends what inequalities are...


What are the different paths toward region-building? What are the ideas, dynamics and means that contribute to changing a geographic area into a politically-construscted community? Is there something to be shared between Asia and Europe's experiences with integration and regional construction?...


La Chine, après être restée à l'écart de la dynamique asiatique dans la période dure du communisme maoïste, en est devenue un des pôles marquants. Néanmoins, si son émergence redistribue les rôles de chaque pays de la zone, cette redistribution ne peut pas se résumer à l...

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